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Video:How to Install a Wireless Keyboard and Mouse

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If you need to reduce clutter on your desk, a wireless keyboard and mouse is a great way to get rid of any additional wires. In this video, learn how to set up a mouse and keyboard.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Install a Wireless Keyboard and Mouse

A wireless keyboard and mouse can be a great way to reduce clutter around your computer desk. This video will show you how to set them up.

Find USB Port on Computer

Let's get started. As you open up the box, you'll notice that you should have a mouse, keyboard, instructions/warranty information, and a usb wireless receiver. The wireless receiver is what sends the keyboard and mouse signal from the computer itself. Since it's small and easy to lose, it's probably a good idea to go ahead and install it as soon as you take it out of the box. To do this, simply find an available usb port on your computer and plug it in.

Insert Batteries in Mouse and Keyboard

Now back to the mouse and keyboard. Since they are wireless, they don't receive power from the computer and therefore run on battery power. At this time you should insert the batteries into both the mouse and the keyboard. Some mouse and keyboard sets come with batteries already preinstalled. Make sure you check if yours does before leaving the store to insure that you have the batteries you need.

You may also want to consider investing in some rechargeable batteries, as one of the most common complaints with wireless keyboards and mouses is the short battery life. With the batteries installed, you can now move the mouse and keyboard into place in front of your computer. Once you have everything set up the way you like it, you'll need to push the connect button located on the bottom of both your mouse and keyboard.

How to Troubleshoot Mouse and Keyboard

Your mouse and keyboard should now be working. If not, double check to ensure the batteries are properly inserted and that they are both turned on. If they weren't, you may need to re-press the connect button (in fact, you'll probably need to do this every time you change the batteries).

If you are still having issues, check the surrounding area for possible sources of interference. These may include: wireless routers (WiFi), cordless phones, microwave ovens, metal surfaces, electronic devices, or of course a different wireless keyboard or mouse.

Most of these problems are fairly rare though, as usually this installation is a very straightforward process. For more information, check out computing.about.com.

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